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Bay brainstorming parking restrictions near Little League field

JCC eases problem by offering free parking

April 16, 2013

Whitefish Bay - Permit parking for residents may become part of the answer to parking issues that have plagued homeowners along the 6300 block of Lydell Avenue during Little League games.

Village administrators are considering a move to permit parking on the east side of the block, which would only allow homeowners to park there, along with stepped up police patrols and parking enforcement in the area during the Little League season. Village Manager Patrick DeGrave said at a Village Board meeting Monday that on recommendation from the Department of Public Works a four-way stop sign at the corner of Lydell Avenue and Devon Street isn't likely.

Village staff will come before the board at its May 6 meeting with suggested parking ordinances for the area. Trustee Jay Miller suggested that both sides of the 6300 block of Lydell be homeowner-only permit parking.

The parking problem came to light in February when the Whitefish Bay Little League brought a proposal for field lights at two of three fields at Craig Counsell Park. Residents came out in droves to air concerns over parking shortages and safety issues during the Little League season. Trustees agreed and voted down the field light proposal, saying any expansion of Little League operation hours could only come after a solution to the parking problem.

Fortunately for the board, Lydell Avenue residents, and Little Leaguers, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation has offered to open up 93 parking spots for Little League participants at its Milwaukee Jewish Day School, located at the north end of the Jewish Community Center campus.

"It would be more than enough for the Little League to even cover the overlap between games," DeGrave said. "As long as the participants are willing to (make the walk) life should be pretty good."

Little League participants should be able to take the service road off Port Washington Road to access the parking lot. Several residents weighed in at the Monday meeting, advising the board to keep the parking problem and stop sign idea in mind. DeGrave said that the village would like to study the effects of the new parking on the problem through the 2013 Little League season before considering a stop sign.

Trustees commented that the village should install temporary speed bumps along the service road during the baseball season and encourage participants to travel one-way, eastbound, to the parking lot.

"We can certainly make that a suggestion and hope they play nice," DeGrave said.

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